Cosmetics Regulations: Loopholes in the FDA

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By Claire Chung

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Cosmetic products in U.S. are very loosely regulated primarily because of the lack of enforcement mechanisms of the regulatory agency. This Note highlights the loopholes in FDA regulation and compares the regulatory scheme in U.S. and EC. There have been efforts both on the federal and state legislation such as introducing Personal Care Products Safety Act Proposal, enacting the California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005 and Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program. This Note proposes that the U.S. should pass the Personal Care Products Safety Act to enhance the current regulatory scheme in the U.S., which will make it more aligned with EC policies in cosmetics safety.

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